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NICE Online Course and Summer School

Do you want to tackle a global challenge together with students from all over Europe while improving your intercultural competence and entrepreneurial skills? Join the NICE project!

Update: applications for the NICE project have closed.

  • What is NICE?

    The Network for Intercultural Competence & Entrepreneurship (NICE) is a multi-university collaboration to help you develop intercultural competence and entrepreneurial skills.

    The programme consists of a three month virtual learning journey in which you will be educated on intercultural competences and entrepreneurial skills. Together with students from across Europe you will learn how to apply these skills and work in a transnational team to solve a global challenge.

    The programme starts in February 2020. Besides the virtual programme, there is an opportunity for an optional summer school in Salamanca or adding-on a self-reflective course for 10 ECTS (credits).

    You can visit the NICE website for more information.

  • Global Challenges

    The Global Challenges are outlined by the UN as the main issues facing the world in 2018. They span key topics of health, climate change, diversity, energy, security, transport and food.

    To help you decide which global challenge you would like to work on, we have put together some guidance on each of them. Please read them carefully before your application.

  • Optional Summer School

    After completing the online course, there will be an opportunity to be selected to participate in the summer school that will take place from 12 July to 18 July 2020 at the University of Salamanca.

    The focus of this summer school will be on entrepreneurship and intercultural competence. Selection for the summer school will take place half way during the online course and is conditional upon completing the full course.

    The costs for the courses and accommodation during the summer school will be covered. In addition, participants receive a partial compensation for their travel expenses.

  • Credits and Grading

    The NICE project is a non-credit bearing certificate programme, unless you choose to add-on a self-reflective course module (SLICC) that is offered, graded and credited (10EC) by the University of Edinburgh.

    This NICE reflective learning portfolio is a self-designed experiential learning exercise, where students reflect upon their experience of working within a transnational team to resolve a global challenge.

    In the NICE programme, we estimate that you should expect to spend three to five hours per week on the online module and working with your team. If you choose to add the SLICC, you will need to spend an additional three to five hours per week working on it (e.g. writing reports, blogging, gathering your evidence). You can read all about it on the NICE SLICC page.

  • Am I eligible?

    Applications for the NICE programme are open to all full time, part time, and exchange students. As long as you are enrolled in a Bachelor's or a Master's programme at the UvA, you are welcome to join. You are welcome to apply for NICE and INCiTE simultaneously, you can indicate your preference in the application form.

    Applications for the NICE programme are open to students with disabilities who may not be able to participate in other international experiences.

    There is no fee to join the NICE programme and there is partial funding available for those who are selected to attend the summer school.

  • How do I apply?

    To participate in this programme, you need to be enrolled at the University of Amsterdam from the start of the programme in February 2020 until the Study Abroad Fair in October 2020.

    You can apply via the form below. Before you apply, prepare yourself by reading the information about the Global Challenges, as well as the optional SLICC. During the application, we will ask for details on who you are and your preference of global challenge, as well as a personal statement on why you would be a good ambassador for the NICE programme, and how completing the course would benefit you and your future goals.

    Applications for UvA students close on Wednesday, 8 January 2020 at 23:59 Amsterdam (CET) time.

    You will hear whether you are selected to join on Friday, 10 January (end of the day). If you are selected, you will have to confirm your spot before Monday, 13 January at 09:00. Make sure you keep an eye on your email (and spam folder) during this time!

Apply now!

Follow this link to the application page for UvA students.


Send us an email at global@uva.nl.